Giuseppe Calabrese

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The Fmr1 knockout (KO) mouse is characterized by an increased audiogenic seizure (AGS) susceptibility and is considered a good animal model for epilepsy and seizures in the human fragile-X (FRAX) syndrome. Here, we tested the hypothesis that the reintroduction of the FMR1 gene is able to revert the AGS susceptibility characterizing Fmr1 KO mice. To this(More)
PURPOSE The 22q13.3 deletion syndrome, also known as Phelan-McDermid syndrome, is a rare genetic disorder characterized by hypotonia, severely impaired development of speech and language, autistic-like behaviour, and minor dysmorphic features. Neurologic problems may include seizures of different types, such as febrile, generalized tonic-clonic, focal, and(More)
PURPOSE To identify the gene disrupted by a de novo reciprocal balanced translocation t(6;8)(q26;q13) in a patient with Duane retraction syndrome (DURS). The break point in chromosome arm 8q is positioned within the DURS1 critical region. METHODS Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis using cosmid and BAC clones covering the DURS1 locus was(More)
We report the case of a girl with Cowden syndrome (CS) presenting with unilateral perisylvian dysplasia and with drug resistant focal seizures carrying a novel missense mutation 385G>A (G129R) in the PTEN gene. CS has been rarely reported in association with a cortical malformation or epilepsy. These cases suggest that cortical dysplasia needs to be(More)
BACKGROUND Stem cells isolated from amniotic fluid are known to be able to differentiate into different cells types, being thus considered as a potential tool for cellular therapy of different human diseases. In the present study, we report a novel single step protocol for the osteoblastic differentiation of human amniotic fluid cells. RESULTS The(More)
The industrial structure of many European countries is dominated by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Although SMEs consider the new product development process fundamental for success in the global market, the level of formalization of the innovation process is very low (Slywotzky [1]). The aim of this paper is to analyze in-depth a sample of SMEs(More)
BACKGROUND A long sought goal in medical genetics has been the replacement of invasive procedures for the detection of chromosomal aneuploidies by isolating and analyzing fetal cells or free fetal DNA from maternal blood, avoiding risk to the fetus. However, a rapid, simple, consistent, and low-cost procedure suitable for routine clinical practice has not(More)
A deletion of one of the two copies of the 9-bp tandem repeat sequence (CCCCCTCTA), in the small non-coding/untranslated segment located between the cytochrome oxidase II and lysine tRNA genes of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), has previously been used as a polymorphic anthropological marker (MIC9D) for people of Africa and Asia, but it has been rarely reported(More)
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